The period spanning from 1930 to the early '40s stands out as Gibson's golden era for crafting flat top and archtop guitars. Many of the company's most revered and iconic instruments first emerged during this time. The surging demand for big band instruments lead to the creation of era defining archtop models by Gibson, such as the L-5 and Super 400, which reigned as the top of the line choices for big band guitarists.
Among these guitars is the Gibson L-7, which debuted in 1933 as an affordable alternative to the L-5. This 1959 Gibson L-7C is a great example of Gibson's later period acoustic archtop craftsmanship. Constructed from a hand-carved Maple top, maple back and sides, and a three-piece maple neck, the L-7C is finished in a traditional two tone sunburst. The neck profile is typical of that classic '59 feel, both slightly full feeling and effortlessly playable. The addition of a cutaway was first introduced in 1948 and later became the sole option for the L-7 by 1956. The expansive 17" body size gives the L-7C plenty volume and projection, making it a perfect fit for acoustic jazz performances. This example is also fitted with a period DeArmond Rhythm Chief pickup with the original control plate in perfect working order, giving authentic amplified vintage jazz tones.
This instrument is in very good condition for its age, with some minor signs of play wear and patina. There has been some binding shrinkage over the years, although this has now been expertly repaired by our in house luthiers. The original tuners have been replaced with modern Kluson equivalents. Otherwise, this guitar is in original condition and includes a period hard case.
This guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.